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Pope stresses importance of Sunday Mass

Francis holds general audience in rainy St Peter's

05 February, 11:51
Pope stresses importance of Sunday Mass

(ANSA) - Vatican City, February 5 - Pope Francis stressed how important it is for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass during a rainy general audience before around 13,000 faithful in St Peter's Square on Wednesday.

The Argentine pontiff said the Eucharist celebrated Jesus's passion, death and resurrection and was a gift from God.

"That is why it is so important to go to Mass on Sundays, to go to Mass, not only to pray, but to receive communion, the bread which is the body of Jesus Christ, that saves us, forgives us, and unites us with the Father," Francis said.

The pope also commented on the weather, saying "it's not a nice day, is it?", and expressed solidarity with people in Rome, the surrounding region of Lazio, and Tuscany who have been affected by torrential rain and flooding in the last few days. He addressed "many brothers and sisters who suffer the consequences of so much rain in Rome and Tuscany. May they receive our cooperation, our solidarity and our love".